'I didn't imagine I would be coming back so soon' Two topics dominated business-class conversation as the Wallabies flew in last night. The first was Saturday's ANZ Hong Kong 2008 Bledisloe Cup clash. The second - the falling Australian dollar. 'A few of us guys were talking about that. It is really bad, so different to when I was in Hong Kong earlier this year,' said James O'Connor, the 'baby' of the side and one of five rookies named in the 34-man Wallabies squad for the tour of Hong Kong and Europe. Seven months ago, O'Connor jetted in with the Australian team for the Hong Kong Sevens. Life has changed drastically since then. The credit crunch was a hot topic of conversation amongst the players who will be getting less for the Aussie dollar this week. 'We won't be shopping as much,' said O'Connor, having calculated that the Australian currency has depreciated since then by almost 35 per cent against the Hong Kong dollar. 'But maybe I will buy my girlfriend Brigitte a fake Louis Vuitton handbag. It might cost more now, but she is worth it,' Connor added. The Wallabies will be up and running this morning, with coach Robbie Deans having pencilled in a two-hour training session at So Kon Po. But tomorrow is an off day for the squad, and O'Connor, one of half-a-dozen players who have been to Hong Kong for the Sevens, will be showing his more illustrious peers around this city's lanes and markets in hunt of a bargain. The 18-year-old centre will also be sniffing around for a first Wallaby cap, but that will be harder to get with Deans unlikely to dish it out at Hong Kong Stadium. O'Connor, who was elevated to the national squad after appearing for the national schoolboys team last year, the 2008 Hong Kong Sevens as well as starting four matches for the Western Force in the Super 14 this season, remains hopeful. 'I can't wait. I didn't imagine the last time I was in Hong Kong that I would be coming back so soon and making this grade. I'm learning a lot from everyone around me,' said O'Connor. There is an opening in the backline - on the wing with big-name player Lote Tuqiri being ruled out of the 22 for Saturday's clash as he is still recovering from knee surgery. 'Lote won't be playing in Hong Kong on Saturday nor in Italy next week,' Deans confirmed yesterday. 'He's a wee way away from playing and we will just have to keep monitoring him. But if through the work he suffers a setback, then we will send him home.' Deans revealed he had already picked his 22 for Saturday - but will only make it public on Thursday after a second training run. So the man who will partner Peter Hynes on the wing is a mystery with Drew Mitchell, Lachie Turner and Digby Ioane all contenders. Unlike O'Connor, it was the first time for Deans in Hong Kong. 'I was in transit many years ago, but never stopped over. It is the first time to play,' he said. No shopping for him, so he won't need to change his Aussie dollars.